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During morning meditation today I revisited a place in the inner temple where I met a spirit by the name of Uli. More on that later as I am still in the middle of writing a new post in the Journey Journal. Anyway, the lesson was connection and perception. Uli, in short, made a show of how she connects to all the things she perceives: Sun, moon, stars, grass, wind.

This idea creates an opening, a feeling of unfolding, an aaaaaah that I experience below my navel, and that spreads across my entire being. This week has in a large part been about nurturing and tending relationships (Tarot Weekly) with ourself, our loved ones, and potentially new relationships.

In broader sweeps I see the release of emotional baggage, and karma associated with relationships. Clearing the channel leaves the healer, visionary, open to hold a greater space for love, insight, and energy to pass through.

Others, healers, and seers are the forerunners of tomorrow, keep your self healthy. Observe your interactions, your relationships, how you meet them, tend them, and cultivate them.

Our true message is within the center of these fires of the heart.

~Tarot Weekly

*Sips a rather pepper English Breakfast tea…*

Okay, so, perception. As I come through my aaaaaah and open my eyes and my tweetdeck, I see a post by Chati.

Chati Coronel

@ChatiChati Coronel
A New OM! Get that camera phone ready for this next one 🙂 http://fb.me/StBFCBYY

 

Perfection! Perfect exercise in perception!

There is a “Cause” and “Advance” and an “Effect”. In fact after reading the post for the exercise, maybe you will reply with me to Chati later in the day or this evening after you have snapped some photographs?

A Request:

If you do this exercise, I would greatly appreciate it if you can send me some of your favorite photos you’ve taken while doing this OM. I’d like to post them on this blog so more people will be encouraged and empowered to do this Ordinary Meditation. Please email photos to: chatishine@gmail.com . Please include your name, age and a little note about yourself. Thank you!

I’ll update the Journey later with my days path in photographs and send my favorites to Chati.

I hope you will join us in this exercise. It’s a great exchange of image, idea, and energy.

You can also follow Chati at Ordinary Meditations on Blogspot.

Carry camera, take photos. 🙂

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I would really like to have embedded this video because I am not sure that you can view it at facebook without being Chati’s friend…

Facebook | Videos Posted by Chati Coronel: Postcards from Infinity 1.

Painting by Chati Coronel. Film / Meditation by Edber Mamisao.

The wind does not discriminate between the mountain and the sand, between the trees or man. It is still. It is driving. It is our first breath in, our last breath exhaled.

This is beautiful.

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Scott

…Favorite blogs.

I’m a little low energy this weekend and I got nothing accomplished. On Friday night I went to a birthday and took a tumble in The Mezz bar (Downtown Los Angeles) over a dark little step that wasn’t roped off or lit well. Long story short, I walked through the front door and while marveling at the old-style architecture, cornices, and other details, I failed to see the step/stage in the middle of the floor. Brandon pointed out that while he was looking at me the lights were right in my face and it made it almost impossible to see the step. Which I hit with my foot causing me to loudly and painfully fall right on my upper chest, hands, and arm.

I’m still in a good deal of pain but the second day isn’t as bad as the first. This week will be interesting as I attempt to do my normal routine. At this point getting out of bed is an interesting maneuver in avoiding pain while wiggling down to the edge to lean off the mattress and onto my feet. Bear with me, please. Send some healing (for my greater health and healing) if you would like. An harm none.

Any-who-who, I need to do a little shout out to some of the blogs I read, often. These are the blogs that give me some food for thought (listed alphabetically). On days like today they are essential reading. Homebound and sitting around a lot can get monotonous. It’s not like this world cup game is any entertaining.

Without further adieu…

Blogs.

101 Cookbooks

Heidi Swanson (aptly  named don’t ya think?) creates some of the most yummy looking and tasty dishes. Often simple, with natural whole grains, vegetables and good foods.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/

Chatishin “Life/Art/Life”

Chati Coronel brings art to us as a provocative spiritual practice. It’s breathy, inspiring, and transformative. Once our neighbor, Chati, her husband and Edber, and beautiful little daughter Mecha have moved but you can follow along and explore her latest journey through her blog.

I find her poetic process of creation most interesting.

http://chatishine.blogspot.com/

East Village Boys

Great photography, writing, and often some awesome beats to go along with the flavor of the week, East Village Boys has been the spotlight of all sorts of amazing creative folk. Sexy, funny, dirty, real, entertaining.

http://www.eastvillageboys.com/

Food Renegade

This is another new site for me, introduced by Carla Golden. The Food Renegade is not just about food on the “eating level” but what is IN your food, why it could be controversial and / or unhealthy and how to shift our perspective. From the site:

Everyone has an idea of what “healthy” food is. Vegans, vegetarians, Paleo dieters, Atkins-for-lifers. You. Me. For most of us, this food worldview takes shape unconsciously as we go about our lives absorbing the not-so subtle messages of food marketers.

Most of us grew up thinking fat was evil. Food manufacturers paraded a host of low-fat options in front of consumers. Margarine was supposed to be “healthier” than butter; skim milk was supposed to be better than whole milk. People picked up low-fat versions of their favorite junk foods and felt wise and healthy.  Saturated fats were the devil incarnate. Avoid red meat! Chicken is king! Cholesterol is bad; avoid eggs. But as a nation, we still grew more obese and sickly.

When the Atkins diet became the rage, breadmakers went out of business all across the country. Low-carb became our new mantra. Even if we didn’t jump on board the Atkins bandwagon, we still probably hold some residual low-carb prejudices.

The average person’s food worldview is a wild and often contradictory mix of popular nutritional mumbo-jumbo.We walk through the supermarket and are inundated with marketing messages left and right — all of which make some sort of health claims. We pick up on these hints, add them to our conflicted understanding of what is and is not good for us, and wait for the next nutritional expert to tell us how to eat.

But what we eat shouldn’t be determined by diet dictocrats. It should be determined by history, culture, and traditional cuisines.

We have lived for thousands of years on this planet. Every native community has a highly developed food culture — what food to eat when, how it should be prepared and eaten, what it should be eaten with, and what foods are taboo and should be avoided.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/

for the love of yum

Another great food blog. Although it isn’t always “vegi” I think that the food prepared and presented has been simply delicious. We’ve dipped into FtLoY a few times for parties, dinners and snacks. This blog, like many food blogs that I consider great, draws me in through the food, photography, and the personal stories that come around them.

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Herbivoracious

I think it was iHerb who turned me onto to Herbivoracious. I’ve only just started to receive the blog and recipe’s in my rss reader. So far, so good! From the blog, “Herbivoracious is all about reinvigorating vegetarian cuisine with modern techniques and bold, authentic flavors.”

http://fortheloveofyum.wordpress.com/

Runeworker

Christopher is a great and informative teacher of the Runes. His daily draws and explanation combine ancient verse and meaning for meditation on the Runes.

I have to say that his class over at Points of Light, in Long Beach, is AMAZING. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m glad I signed up.

http://blottytinesrunemagic.blogspot.com/

Strategic Sorcery

Hours of entertainment. This guy is a brain. His “ask me anything” blog has had me going ‘huh?’ a few times and caused several nose dives into books, research, and internet scavenging to learn more.

http://strategicsorcery.blogspot.com/

The Healthy Haven

The Healthy Haven is the iHerb.com blog. An informative read about foods, supplements, herbs, oils and uses. I picked up the Quinoa recipe through the Healthy Haven!

http://thehealthyhaven.wordpress.com/

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Here’s hoping you enjoy the reads and are having a good Sunday!

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Happy art day. Arty-farty day. :p

I’ve spent a good hour in meditation and toning. Got up, poured some Java and started my web crawl to see what the Universe might throw out at me today.

Chati Coronel.

I love her new work / creations / expressions. These thoughts and  the image are perfect for my Wednesday…

((NOTE EXCERPT via Facebook))

Why do I paint? I paint to talk to the divine. To manifest a vision, a dream. At its highest form, I believe that a painting can change the energy around it. The way Buddhists believe that the vibrations from chanting Mantras or from sacred images called Yantras change the vibrations around them, I believe that paintings, which are also made of vibrations, can change the energy in a space too. In fact that has always been my way of knowing whether a painting is done. When a painting changes the energy in a room, it is done. I paint to change, to bless the energy around me and hopefully, if you are open to it, to bless the energy around you.

Tool number two: (I made this one up)

See it from your highest self.

How would I see this from my fulfilled, highest self? She would say that what is really important is to live. Painting is a consequence of that. The only truth that can come out of me comes from my experience. It comes from being completely alive.

I am looking at the world from the inside and…

Continue reading via Facebook | Chati Coronel: Art as Spiritual Practice.

Follow Chat on her weblog: http://www.chatishine.blogspot.com/

Be well,

Scott

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7-9PM GROUNDFLOOR@SANTEECOURT 
716 S. LOS ANGELES ST., L.A. CA 90014 
bids for 5 ft X 6 ft paintings start at $300! more info 213.627.1102 info@chaticoronel.com

The Auction 
Each painting that will be up for auction will have a bidding sheet beside it. The bidding sheet will give you information about the painting: size, medium, etc. and will have the starting bid on it.  Remember, bids for 5ft. X  6ft.(that’s HUGE!) paintings start at $300! Bidding starts promptly at 7pm on October 15, 2009. 

To bid on your painting, write your name , phone number and your bid on the bidding -sheet. You may bid in increments of $20 or $50 depending on the size of the piece. 

Bidding ends at 9pm. The last name on each bidding sheet is the winning bidder. After payment is received, take your painting home! 

Payment: 
Cash, check and credit card payment welcome. 

Pick-up 
Paintings can be picked up on the night of the auction after 9pm. You can also arrange to pick up your painting on the following Saturday (October 17, 2009). 

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone interested. Everyone is welcome. See you at the Primal Prayer Auction!

Be well,

Scott K Smith
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ChatiAuctionPoster2

7-9PM GROUNDFLOOR@SANTEECOURT 
716 S. LOS ANGELES ST., L.A. CA 90014 
bids for 5 ft X 6 ft paintings start at $300! more info 213.627.1102 info@chaticoronel.com

The Auction 
Each painting that will be up for auction will have a bidding sheet beside it. The bidding sheet will give you information about the painting: size, medium, etc. and will have the starting bid on it.  Remember, bids for 5ft. X  6ft.(that’s HUGE!) paintings start at $300! Bidding starts promptly at 7pm on October 15, 2009. 

To bid on your painting, write your name , phone number and your bid on the bidding -sheet. You may bid in increments of $20 or $50 depending on the size of the piece. 

Bidding ends at 9pm. The last name on each bidding sheet is the winning bidder. After payment is received, take your painting home! 

Payment: 
Cash, check and credit card payment welcome. 

Pick-up 
Paintings can be picked up on the night of the auction after 9pm. You can also arrange to pick up your painting on the following Saturday (October 17, 2009). 

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone interested. Everyone is welcome. See you at the Primal Prayer Auction!

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